Liverpool’s pursuit of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk is not going to be easy this summer with the Saints looking to adopt a firm stance against any offers for the player.
While Liverpool will have to beat the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in order to bring the Dutchman to Anfield, it will also be difficult to persuade the Saints who are, according to club chairman Ralph Krueger, under no pressure to sell their players for the first time in a few years.
When asked if the club is in a position to reject big money offers for their star defender, Krueger replied: “Can we? Yes. We do not need to sell anybody.”
Krueger stressed on the fact that the Saints have good contracts with most of their first team players, a situation which was not there during the last few windows.
“So 18 players having more than three years, gives us control over the summer for the first time. We do not need to sell any player for the first time since I’ve been here,” Krueger added.
Southampton have a long history of developing and selling players on a regular basis and if the player is ready to sign for a bigger club in pursuit of Champions League football, the Saints could again cash in on one of their best players.
Burnley’s Michael Keane and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly are rumoured to be our alternative centre-back targets, in case we fail to sign Virgil van Dijk. Keane, in particular, has been heavily linked with us lately and the England international is also being targeted by his former club Manchester United.
Liverpool will need to qualify for the Champions League in order to secure their prime targets. The Reds, who are most likely to finish fourth in the table, will have to win a two-legged qualifier in August, possibly against a tough opponent, before entering the Champions League group stages.
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